Whether you are just getting started or have been playing for years and have found yourself in a rut and want to refresh and do some new things, acoustic or electric guitar lessons will help you to set and realize your goals in music.
Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education, St. Paul Public Schools as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.
*** Lesson Details *** Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.
Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well as learn at their own pace. My goal as
a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.
*** Specialties *** Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.
My name is Ray, I'm 31 years old, and was born in Queens, NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at the Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. During this program I was introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.
I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for approximately 16 years now, and can say with pride that teaching is my passion, and I anticipate it remaining a very important part of my life.
I enjoy reading nonfiction books on science, math, and philosophy.
*** Lesson Details *** My music lessons are unique for three main reasons:
1. I h
ave a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, and feel music to be one of my native languages.
2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.
3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.
*** Equipment *** Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc). From time to time I make my way to a local music shop, and am happy to purchase materials for reimbursement.
*** Specialties *** Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling style of music to listen to, study, and play. That said, I'm also a big fan of pop music (as well as other genres), and encourage students to enjoy, for example, learning their favorite songs from the radio.
My understanding of music theory is extremely thorough, and I'm happy to incorporate as much or as little of it as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and the instrument.
Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have, as well as to inquire about day/time availability. I'll do my best to get back to you right away (usually within a few hours).
My daughter is loving her cello lessons with Ray even more than she expected. She feels she is really improving.
March 28, 2014
My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
Want to start playing all of your favorite songs quickly and easily? Looking for a teacher who understands what YOU want and what YOUR goals are? Want someone easy to get along with, friendly, and who makes lessons FUN? Then look no further! I am an experienced music teacher with numerous students and I specialize in helping you achieve your goals as fast as possible. No matter the style, age, skill level or temperament of the student, I guarantee I can help you grow as a musician and greatly improve your skillset! Send me a message and let's talk about what YOU want from music lessons!
Hello! My name is Chris and I am a professional musician and music instructor! I have taught music since 2012 and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Commercial Music from William Jessup University, where I learned composition, singing, instrumentation, theory, ear training, recording and production and many other skills.
Any student of mine will find that I don't care what "the book" says I should teach my student; I care what my student wants to learn. I will only have you learn a new skill if it is going to further your musical experience and give you the tools to accomplish the goals that you set for yourself. If you wanna learn Mozart, you got it. If you wanna learn ACDC, you got it. If you wanna learn jazz, folk or even rock-a-billy surf polka, then guess what; you got it.
My lessons are fun, relaxed and I will NEVER make
you feel bad for a mistake or a missed note. I will help you improve and get better, but not by shouting at you; we will work together to improve your musicianship, and as long as your satisfied with the lessons and the results, then I will be too!
Now, a little bit more about me!
I am the drummer, background vocalist and songwriter for California-based alternative-rock band, With One Voice. I am married to my beautiful wife, Courtney, who also plays and teaches music! I love rock but I have an appreciation for all music, from rap to country to soul to Broadway to classical; I listen to it all! I believe I can make you better at any style of music (and every style of music) so let's talk about how I can help you accomplish your goals, impress your friends, become a rockstar and learn a new, fun, and exciting skill today!
My daughters, 9 and 12, just started piano lessons with Chris. They have had lessons in the past and were so pleased with their new teacher. My 12 year-old is especially shy, and she warmed right up to him. We are really looking forward to Chris coming for weekly lessons.
October 9, 2019
He was very friendly and encouraging. Made the lesson fun. My grandson did not want to take lessons, but after meeting with Christopher is excited for next weeks lesson. Thank you Christopher!
September 6, 2019
Chris has been teaching me piano! His technical knowledge is impressive and he makes our time worthwhile. Our lessons are enjoyable and I have learned so much during our time together.If you're looking for a piano teacher, Chris is your guy!
I am an experienced, educated, professional guitar player with a background in rock, blues, worship, jazz, classical, contemporary, country, and folk guitar. I have played/led for numerous worship teams, independent bands, and ensembles which are detailed in my "about me" section. I graduated Magna-Cum Laude from UTA with a bachelors degree in Music-Media with guitar as my primary performing instrument. I am the worship leader for Living Life Church, a private guitar instructor , an intern under Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio, and a freelance musician/producer/composer.
13 years ago, I picked up a guitar and began my life-long pursuit of music. This pursuit has led me in a wide variety of directions. Today, I am a worship leader for Fellowship of The Parks, an on-staff music-producer and session musician at Drive35 Productions, and a passionate instructor.
I have a passion for a wide variety of styles of music. For several years, I was the lead guitarist, singer, and songwriter for multiple independent rock bands, the most notable being an indie psychedelic band called Tod The Fox. I have led worship for many churches including Grace Fellowship UMC, Brazos Pointe Church, The Cornerstone College Ministry at UTA, FUMC Allen, Living Life Church, and Fellowship of the Parks in varying capacities. At UTA, I studied Jazz and Classical guitar under acclaimed guitarists Sam Walker and Billy Robertson. Here,
I also studied theory, piano, sight-singing, and music-production extensively. I graduated Magna Cume Laude with a Bachelor of Music-Media from UTA. After school, I spent 9 months interning/assistant engineering with acclaimed musician/composer/producer Brad Nyght at The Bakery Studio in Dallas- whose credits include being the drummer for The Michael Gungor Band and Desperation Band. Then, got hired as an on-staff session musician and music producer at Drive35 Productions. I have also played guitar, mandolin, and bass for multiple pit orchestras and guitar for the North Lake Jazz Ensemble with director Jim Eger.
My teaching style varies from student to student. Music is a wonderfully diverse subject and every student has his own aspirations. I will do my best to cater each lesson to the student's goals and interests. Whether that is classical guitar method, rock, jazz, folk, country, pop or anything in between.
I have an excellent internet connection and microphone set up for online lessons. I also utilize screen-sharing to make the lessons as close to real life as possible.
A few of my favorite artists include: Michael Gungor, Joe Pass, Andrew Bird, Chopin, Led Zeppelin, Glen Hansard, and Radiohead.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons will vary significantly from student to student. Not only does every student have different goals in mind, they all learn differently as well. I do my best to customize my lessons for each student's goals and needs. A typical guitar, bass, ukulele, or piano lesson may involve music-reading, chord studies, technical work, scale practice, theory, and of course learning awesome songs!
I consider myself a healthy balance between professional and light-hearted. As much as I want to make efficient use of the lesson-time, my primary goal is for the student to truly understand and enjoy music.
I have worked hard to be a flexible musician and teacher. I am competent in jazz, rock, classical, contemporary, blues, worship, country, and beyond and will be happy to teach any (or all) of these styles to any student.
*** Studio Equipment ***
-Large live tracking space - Medium sized dead tracking space - Pro Tools HD - External Pres/Compressors/EQ (WARM, Manley, Vintech, etc.) - DDA mixing console - Several acoustic/electric/bass guitars (Epiphone, Fender, Taylor, Cort, Ibanez, Gibson, etc.) - Lanakai Ukulele - Gibson Mandolin - Percussion - Full drum kit - 4 control/mixing rooms/practice spaces - Breakroom - Music stands/chairs - Princeton Reverb, Vox AC15, Marshall, Ampeg amplifiers - Several keyboards/controllers - Rhodes - Vintage organs - Neumann U87, Senheissers, several SM57's, Lautin Audio Oceanus, Oktavas, AKG C414's
My at home studio:
- Chairs - An 88-key Casio Privia keyboard - Professional grade recording equipment (003r interface, behringer ada8000 with BLA mod, RNC by FMR, and more) - High speed Internet access - A printer - A library of music resources - Novation Launchkey MIDI controller - Rode K2 condensor microphone - Sm57 - Several Naiant stereo pair microphones - 2 acoustic guitars (Cort and Zaeger), 2 electric guitars (Epiphone CS Custom, Fender Nashville Tele) - An electric bass guitar (Epiphone Thunderbird with Bartolini Pickups) - Lanakai Ukulele - A Savannah Mandolin - Double input amplifier (vox AC15C1) - Music stand - Metronomes/tuners - Recording studio quality monitors (Yamaha HS8s) - Large pedal board and pedal chain
*** Specialties *** I specialize in contemporary, rock, blues, and worship guitar, but have extensive experience in classical and jazz guitar as well. I am also an on-staff session guitar player for Drive35 Productions and can help anyone interested in the skills necessary to play for a studio.
For piano, I teach beginner to intermediate level students in a variety of genres. I use piano on a daily basis for composing, arranging, and performing.
For bass, I can also teach a variety of genres. I specialize in blues/rock/contemporary but have experience in classical and jazz bass as well.
For ukulele, I specialize in pop music adaptation and classical.
For mandolin, I teach basic beginner music skills- reading and strumming techniques.
Jordan is fantastic! We have been so pleased. Since starting with Jordan our son is loving piano again.
July 20, 2019
Jordan is a nice guy, my son enjoys the lessons. So far seems like a good experience.
April 27, 2019
After many years of contemplating learning an instrument and making excuses like a busy schedule, I finally made the commitment. I started the first few weeks with online videos and made a little progress. I found Jordan through this sight. I was hoping to find someone who would help guide me on a steady path to improvement and growth. Jordan has been a perfect fit for me. He's patient (I'm not). He is encouraging (I'm pretty hard on myself). I am slowly getting better and wanting to stick with it. I think it's because he's clear and methodical in his teaching and he keeps you enthused with music that you like. While I have a long way to go, I practice every day and look forward to my weekly lessons with Jordan. I'm learning the guitar for my self and over the past three month Jordan has helped me stay engaged and excited about playing the guitar. I highly recommend Jordan and will continue to learn from him.
We start with the basics. The names and numbers of the strings and fingers. I teach simple cords in a way that you can learn fast and easy. I have fun exercises and cool songs written in normal musical notation and Tablature. Learn Finger Picking, Various Strumming patterns and styles, Melody lines. My specialty? How to lead singing with your guitar!! And I am bi-lingual in Spanish and English
Music lessons should be fun and focus on what you want! I am willing to travel to you or welcome you to my studios: Reseda pr Canoga Park. I travel to homes San Diego and Los Angeles Counties. What is your goal? School or Church choir? Musical programs?Learn to Cantor or lead songs at Church/Synagogue? Disney careers, rock/pop bands? Becoming a professional or just for personal enrichment!! I am able to help you move closer to reaching that dream!!! I am a graduate of USD with a B.A. in Philosophy with an emphasis in musical performance. I also hold a Masters degree, completed California Teaching Credential Curriculum from Chapman University and completed Doctoral Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. I studied voice, guitar and piano classes throughout grade school, high school, college and post-graduate
training. I specilized in vocal training with Robert Austin and in San Francisco with Richard Nichol of the Garcia-Marchesi Institute. I sang with the Palm Beach Florida Opera Company. I am a tenor with a 3.5 octave range. I also sang and performed in Musicals and Operas and Sacred Oratorios from Maui to Florida. I am the proud "dad" of two high school aged children who are excellent students! I teach voice (beginner to professional levels), guitar (acoustic and electric: beginners to Intermediate) and basic piano. I have been teaching private lessons for 7 years. I also offer voice or guitar classes at St. Cecelia's School of Music in Canoga Park, and privately in my home Reseda. I focus my instruction on "correct" breathing and proper singing. My time-tested techniques will improve and protect your voice from injury.and produce a beautiful tone and wonderful performance. I teach guitar chords, reading standard musical notation as well as tablature. For beginning piano students of all ages I teach you how to read music, play scales, strenghten your finger strength and play cords and song.
Going to take time and Daniel is a font of knowledge, patient and funny):_
July 31, 2018
Daniel was a great instructor to learn with, he was very kind and likable as well as being a good teacher with a great understanding Spanish with an emphasis on spoken Spanish over academic Spanish. Daniel was a great teacher I would recommend to anyone.
January 10, 2018
Daniel understood exactly what my goals and abilities were. He presented the first lesson in an easy-to-understand manner. I am excite to work with him.
Good practice habits and easy quick systems of learning.
Lessons are tailored to the students' level and goal. Caring and compassionate instructor. Your dream is my dream and I will diligently work with you to help you on your path. If you have the will to learn and practice, you will see improvements and achievements. I've been teaching music to children and adults for about 20 years both privately and at teaching studios. I have played as a substitute church pianist, ballet accompanist, and have spent the last four years playing for a variety of private and corporate events and weddings.
I've taught hundreds of lessons, over the past ten years. I have written, recorded, and produced my own songs, performed solo, and with bands. I have over 35 videos, and many of them are tutorials. I am sure I can teach and inspire you. Would you like to learn how to read music, or simply play your favorite songs? Or, perhaps you'd like to understand music better in general. Of course I can teach you scales, music theory, songwriting, and improvisation.
I have played publicly in bands and as a solo act. I have written, produced, and recorded my own music. Otherwise, I have taught over a hundred lessons in my teaching career. You will be satisfied with me as your teacher.
You will learn to play music you love. We will use the design of the guitar to your learning and playing advantage. Students like yourself learn to play beautifully in days, sometimes hours.
You are growing in a direction every moment. Whether that direction includes excellence with the magical instrument we know as a guitar, or somewhere else, is a choice completely up to you now.
I will not only be your teacher, but I will teach you how to be your teacher.
I quit guitar at 7 years old. I realized that many people quit for the same reason I did: when their fingers stroked the guitar, they didn't like the sounds they heard. Like many, I grew tired of the instrument, had no motivation to build the required finger strength, and decided playing guitar was ultimately boring (with all the wisdom of a 7 year old).
Later on in my life, I taught myself to play, and fell madly in love with playing guitar...
The difference was all in my approach.
One part was that I only played what I loved. There's a psychological benefit to that, and I will explain in session.
I learned to play beautifully rapidly (in days), and a year later, I learned to play classically, which was much easier at that point in time for two reasons: 1. I had the finger strength built up 2. I had experience expressing my soul
with the guitar thanks to my approach
In all my 15 years in music, I have never met anyone approach guitar like I did. It was a blessing that the creativity came to me, allowing me to go from one who had no patience or interest in the instrument, to being considered prodigious by nearly all of my peers, and performing live for prestigious events, as well as sitting down with a couple record labels; one being the largest in my country.
It's much easier and simpler than you think... When the teacher is great, they don't teach you much! Rather, they unleash something within you.
Guy's a legend and he's not even 30 I don't think. You will love learning to play with Spencer!!!!!
April 14, 2019
I am taking Spencer's advanced course at the moment, and I gotta say... This guy is just prodigious.
He's really personable, so in our first lessons, I learned that he taught himself to play by ear, like many of the greats.
What is really helping me play better, is something he calls the art of transformation; something he learned from listening to rare vinyl records nearly 100 years old.
Not only will you get better at guitar, but if you ask Spencer, you will learn many interesting facts about music and it's evolution.
"I have had a few guitar teachers in the past but none as personable and approachable as Paul. It truly makes a difference when you are not afraid to ask q
uestions or not afraid to mess up. Paul worked with me at my pace and met me at my level. In addition to the lessons about guitar Paul is also very knowledgeable about music in general and has been opening me up to new artists. I recommend this teacher for anyone whether they are just starting out or looking to pick up where they left off. Paul's the best!"
"It was as my first guitar lesson ever! It was fun and Tanisha is a great teacher and very patient. She makes it easy. I’m already looking forward to my ne
"Wonderful and thoughtful approach. So lucky to have met Mallory!"
"Very informative and fun to work with! He's extremely educated about guitar and is patient with your progress. He let's you work on songs that you want to
work on and explains everything in ways that make the fundamentals easier to grasp. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!"
"The lessons I received were informative and useful to expand my playing of the guitar"
"I have seen many of Andrea's recordings of songs written by her. The lyrics and melodies are beautiful and comforting. Andrea shows good knowledge of gu
itar playing and simple and beautiful chord progressions. She'll make a good guitar instructor for beginners."
"I bought lessons for my 8 year old daughter. Anthony is very patience and is a really great teacher. He is very helpful with info on supplies and also
gives tips about music that he learned over the years. He is also flexible with his schedule to accommodate me. More importantly, my daughter really enjoys her lessons and wants to continue."
"Mark played at my wedding with tremendous ability. He was very professional and adaptable to the requests made. Mark shows extreme proficiently in all a
reas of guitar and would be a formidable teacher in any musical pursuit."
"Great teacher. Patient and effective. GREAT with kids!"
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